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St. John's Lithuanian Cemetery, Port Credit
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Title: St. John's Lithuanian Cemetery, Port Credit
Identifier: PH3190
Date of Original Photo: 1982
Date Built: ca 1960
Image Type: Slide, 35 mm
Subject: Cemeteries - Ontario - Port Credit (Mississauga)
Donor: Planning & Heritage, Community Services
Location: 2185 Stavebank Road, Plan A89 PCL X pt PCL Y 43R1656, parts 1, 2 3, 4, & 6

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Description: 2185 Stavebank Road. Plan A89 PCL X pt PCL Y 43R1656, parts 1, 2 3, 4, & 6. This is an active cemetery adjacent to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. The following description is from the websites of the Anapilis Christian Community and St. John's Lithuanian Cemetery. St. John's Lithuanian Cemetery forms part of Anapilis, which includes St. John the Baptist Lithuanian church, community centre and museum. The complex was founded in 1960 when Father Azubalis bought a section of an apple orchard in Port Credit and developed a cemetery with its own indoor/outdoor chapel. In 1970, more land was acquired which sparked the beginning for building a non-denominational community centre for all Lithuanians. The complex was given the name "Anapilis" , meaning "a city beyond". In 1974, the original Lithuanian parish, with the permission of the Archdiocese of Toronto, was relocated from Toronto to Anapilis and renamed in honour of the Lithuanian Martyrs. The entry gates to the cemetery were designed by Rimas Paulionis. The indoor/outdoor chapel by Walter Liacas is used for special Masses attended each spring and fall by numerous Lithuanians from all over Ontario. The War Memorial was erected by the Lithuanian National Guard in Canada and is a copy of the memorial on Kaunas, Lithuania. The mound of crosses surrounding the chapel was originally made for a Lithuanian exposition and transplanted here. Over time the many small crosses were replaced by larger more elaborate ones, donated by organizations and individuals, to commemorate milestones or to serve as memorials.
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